Atul Kochhar’s unique talent as a twice Michelin starred chef has changed the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine. Taking inspiration from his native India, while continuously researching regional dishes, Atul has managed to combine his heritage with his love of British ingredients to create a unique and innovative modern Indian fare.
Since 1994, he has been at the forefront of Indian cuisine, achieving his first Michelin star in 2001. His contemporary style and love of traditional cooking techniques led him to open his own restaurant, Benares, which won him a Michelin star in 2007. Since then he has opened numerous successful and award-winning restaurants including Sindhu in Marlow; Hawkyns in Amersham and Indian Essence in Kent. In 2018 Atul left Benares to pursue other independent ventures and welcomed the newest edition to his portfolio Kanishka, Mayfair, London in March 2019.
Having recipes featured in international publications and regular appearances on Amazon and television, including most recently BBC2’s Million Pound Menu, Atul has also written a number of successful cookbooks: Simple Indian; Fish, Indian Style; Curries of the World and 30 Minute Curries.
His work ethic and talent have not gone unnoticed as he has had the privilege to cook for Prince Charles at St James’s Palace, as well as having been personally invited to meet HM The Queen during one of the President of India’s official visit.
Dedicating time outside of the kitchen to philanthropic endeavors, Atul has worked with The Prince’s Trust and stands as an ambassador to The British Asian Trust to support high impact charities in South Asia and the UK.
Atul is currently raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and in January 2019 he embarked on his second voyage to Antarctica for this fabulous charity, close to his heart.
- 1 Michelin star | Restaurant Tamarind
- 1 Michelin star | Restaurant Benares
- Bib Gourmand | Indian Essence
Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar
176-178 Petts Wood Rd
Tel: +44 (0) 1689 838 700
Sindhu Restaurant by Atul Kochhar
The Compleat Angler
Tel: +44(0) 1628 405 405
Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar
The Crown Inn
16 High St
Tel: +44(0) 1494 721 541
17-19 Maddox Street
Tel: +44 (0) 203 978 0978